It’s officially the holiday season.
For many, this means working a temporary seasonal position. Some like the additional income for the extra spending involved with this time of year, while others may be in-between jobs and searching for a more permanent position. While there are many pros and cons of seasonal employment, the concern of many is that the work is only temporary and lacks a guarantee past its ending date. More
The Wall Street Journal’s fashion expert Christina Brinkley recently announced that the power suit for women was on its way out and now she says the heel is following in its footsteps (no pun intended.) Even though 30 Rock’s Avery Jessup once said “Flats are for quitters,” it seems that now flats are also for powerful women who want to be able to walk when they are 80. The ” flat is making a play for power,” says Brinkley and we are going to see them in more boardrooms. More
Last week Above the Law writers debated over the topic of swearing in the office and if it was particularly off-putting to see a woman do this. Above the Law Editor Stacy Zaretsky said she found swearing to be more appalling when it came from a woman because she holds them to higher standards. Her coworker Christopher Danzig thinks it is awesome when women drop a well-timed curse word. Then Jezebel writer Erin Gloria Ryan weighed in and said swearing was totally awesome within the appropriate context. She was upset that the conversation of how a woman should behave was even being brought up. Ryan said she has sworn in job interviews and dropped a dirty joke or two while networking. However the person she was networking with was a comedy writer. It was not the head of a fancy law firm. We have talked to people that come down on both sides of the swearing in a professional setting and it seems it can both help and hinder your career. It is all about reading the room. More
Last fall we wrote about how Pippa Middleton was benefiting immensely from her sister Kate’s new position as one half of the hottest royal couple on the planet. Some were criticizing Pippa, including The Queen, for using her newfound fame, to further her career (Pippa had just landed her book deal.) But now it seems that the tables have been turned. Pippa is now turning down opportunities to promote her book in the U.S., Celebrate: A Year of Festivities for Families and Friends, including appearances on Oprah, Ellen and Anderson Cooper as well as a hosting gig on Entertainment Tonight, because the focus will eventually turn to her sister’s recent topless photos. More
Are you wishing for a job in the coming year? If you are just starting your job search, or have been applying what seems like too long, you know that your resume needs to be right on target. Below are some mistakes you might not realize you’re making on your resume that can affect your chances of landing a new job — or even just the interview: More
Whether we like to admit it or not, appearances matter in the workplace, and can even impact pay and career progression. In her research on women and weight-based employment discrimination, Alexandra Griffin suggests the issue is so severe that it could explain the wage gap:
“…weight-based discrimination, which affects nearly two-thirds of women, is part of the explanation of the wage gap affecting women.”
Although many of us would like to believe it’s not as pervasive as Griffin suggests, studies indicate this isn’t just a fad. We spoke with a woman working in the financial services industry who feels that her career ups and downs are largely correlated to her weight. Here is her story. More
Whenever I think of people moving abroad to work, the movie Sabrina usually comes to mind. In the film Audrey Hepburn plays the young awkward Sabrina Fairchild who is sent to Paris to learn the art of cooking and to try to dissipate her obsessive crush on David Larabee. Or maybe I think of Carrie Bradshaw running off to Paris for what she thinks is her great love (Paris seems to be the answer for all relationship problems.) Or Frances Mayes in Under the Tuscan Sun mourning her divorce in the form of a real estate binge in Italy and writing a book about it. But for some it is not quite as romantic as all that. For some, moving to a foreign land is just about making their career better. We talked to a few people who weren’t happy with their job until they were in a foreign country. More
According to a new survey from Timex, Americans are real sticklers when it comes to tardiness: 64% of workers say they “are never late for work,” and more than half of them say that any amount of lateness means you should be considered “officially” late to work. Duly noted! That may explain last week’s sad story about the disabled man fired for being just a minute late coming back from his lunch break. Also, on a recent episode of the reality show Gallery Girls, Amy, an unpaid intern for an art advisor, was very late for work one morning and a week later she was let go. And it may also explain the cringe-worthy stories here from real people whose tardiness cost them their jobs. Think of their stories of getting fired for being late to work next time you’re tempted to hit “snooze”! More
Can you wear leather in the office? This is one of the age old questions. It is right up there with ‘can you wear shorts at work?’ Leather is all the rage this fall (if you don’t have a pair of Prada leather toe socks then you are seriously behind) and now that it is cool enough to wear it, you may want to. But can you bring this trend into the office without looking like a dominatrix or Sandy from Grease? We talked to some experts about this. More
What do General Electric, Proctor & Gamble, Intel, and Siemens all have in common?
They have all been recognized for their dedication to leadership and career development throughout all levels of their organizations. These companies have been ranked for providing “extensive training, education and mentoring programs,” according to CareerBuilder. More
Though you probably think women just favor the pencil skirt for work because it is slimming and professional looking, it actually had another purpose when it was first designed. The pencil skirt is an essential part of any professional woman’s wardrobe if not just a regular wardrobe. It accentuates the feminine shape while at the same time being quite conservative. It doesn’t allow for any high kicks (unless of course you are Angelina Jolie in a movie) but it does make you look like you are ready to do a job. We thought we would take a look at the history of this essential clothing item.
We have written a lot on this site about the etiquette of leaving a company. You want to try to leave with the most composure possible and maintain good relationships with the people you have worked with for the past for years. Or you could do what this guy did and tell people exactly what you think and look awesome. Courtesy of Fartles-and-James on Reddit, we got our hands on the best office farewell ever. We are not suggesting you do the same unless you are going into a completely different industry, are independently wealthy, are relocating to a different country or you crave internet fame. More
Deciding whether to speak up or to quiet down in the business world is a daily internal challenge. But, this is not an “either, or” situation; rather, a situation of determining the appropriateness of the time. There is a time and a place to either express or stifle your opinions and knowing the difference will define your professionalism and shape how others perceive you. More
Late night talk show host, author, actress and producer Chelsea Handler has just signed on for a new project. As usual she is getting another woman in comedy into the spotlight. Handler and Tom Brunelle’s Borderline Amazing Prods. has sold a comedy project to NBC created by and starring Ingrid Haas (Scott Pilgrim vs. the World). Chelsea said in an interview with Redbook last year, “I read this cheesy quote once: “Blowing out someone else’s candle doesn’t make yours glow brighter…’We women have to stick together… I’m very much about letting other people shine, because it makes us all shine brighter. I like having a fraternity. I like girls and boys together, misfits and underdogs – I love underdogs.” Well you certainly can’t say Chelsea doesn’t help other women. More